Just don’t call me late for dinner / Simplemente no me llames tarde para la cena

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

It’s another artful day here in Málaga. The first image is a series of nine bull lithographs done by Picasso demonstrating the transition from realistic to visually simplified. It wasn’t easy for the museum to amass all nine. Fifty were done of the final (bottom right) version as it was the most popular. Only 18 copies were done of each of the others. It’s interesting to see how the bull evolved in Picasso’s mind. The rest of the photos are scenes of the art on the streets, followed by abstract fashion on the train.

Moose has become a petty tyrant, waking us up at 4:00 a.m. for his treats. Dudo is expectant, as well, but he mostly just gives us the evil eye. Moose meows (and yowls) non-stop until he gets what he wants. We’re managing to hold them off until 5 (and sometimes 6) but it’s easier to just get up and give them what they want rather than suffering the noise and inability to sleep. You may remember that all I have to do is say “So, boys” and they come running for their treats (click here). I’ve realised over time that all I really need to say is “So” and they think it’s about them. SO… I tried a different phrase at 5 a.m. the other day. Check out the video at the end. A perfect example of “I don’t care what you call me. Just don’t call me late for dinner.”

My doctor visit went fine. My next colonoscopy will be in three years (genetics), but all is well. We’re meeting Lulu for coffee this morning. A wonderful way to start the day.


Es otro día ingenioso aquí en Málaga. La primera imagen es una serie de nueve litografías de toros realizadas por Picasso que demuestran la transición de lo realista a lo visualmente simplificado. No fue fácil para el museo acumular los nueve. Se hicieron cincuenta de la versión final (abajo a la derecha), ya que era la más popular. Solo se hicieron 18 copias de cada uno de los otros. Es interesante ver cómo evolucionó el toro en la mente de Picasso. El resto de las fotos son escenas de arte en la calle, seguidas de moda abstracta en el tren.

Moose se ha convertido en un pequeño tirano que nos despierta a las 4:00 a. m. para recibir sus golosinas. Dudo también está expectante, pero en su mayoría solo nos da el mal de ojo. Moose maúlla (y aúlla) sin parar hasta que consigue lo que quiere. Logramos retenerlos hasta las 5 (y a veces hasta las 6), pero es más fácil simplemente levantarse y darles lo que quieren en lugar de sufrir el ruido y la incapacidad para dormir. Tal vez recuerdes que todo lo que tengo que hacer es decir “So, boys” [Entonces, chicos] y ellos vienen corriendo por sus golosinas (haz clic aquí). Con el tiempo me di cuenta de que todo lo que realmente necesito decir es “So” y ellos piensan que se trata de ellos. “So”… intenté una frase diferente a las 5 el otro día. Mira el video al final. Un ejemplo perfecto de “No me importa cómo me llames. Simplemente no me llames tarde para la cena.

Mi visita a la doctora salió bien. Mi próxima colonoscopia será en tres años (genética), pero todo está bien. Nos reuniremos con Lulu para tomar un café esta mañana. Una manera maravillosa de empezar el día.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “Just don’t call me late for dinner / Simplemente no me llames tarde para la cena”

  1. Sheesh – that’s the most lurid mismatched-patterns-combo yet! Hideous fat statue outside that Turkish restaurant, too – the “street art” is quite accomplished, however; shame they didn’t do it on canvas rather than on the side of someone else’s property… Jx

    1. Jon:
      The graffiti art was all part of a public arts project in Soho. I should have identified the artists. Oh well. Yeah, that combo was hard to look at. I liked the T-shirt. Either should have been paired with something solid in colour. I like the statue, but the location and backdrop leave much to be desired. I hate those garish restaurant menu walls. They’re hideous and serve no purpose.

  2. I’d just feed the cats until they sort of rolled across the room, in peace, I have been known to say, I am like an old dog, I will respond to anything as long as it is said in a kind tone of voice.

  3. I’m with Jon on the mismatched outfit being the most lurid yet. Happy to hear the good news on the colonoscopy.

    In my house, the dog is the one who responds eagerly to any word that starts with the “wa” sound. The boy loves his walks (even though he has a large, fenced backyard to roam). We spell the word if we don’t want him to go into a total fever pitch, but I swear he knows how to spell, too. His other prompt–he waits for DH to put down his fork after dinner and the dog immediately runs to the front door and points his nose at his harness. Works every time. He has DH well-trained.

    1. Mary:
      I agree with you, that outfit is hard on the eyes. The cats think if you do it or say sit once, it’s the routine.

  4. Interesting study of Picasso’s process, he was a genius.
    That purple/gold shirt was passable until I continued to scroll down! Who in their right mind?!
    Aren’t we animal lovers well trained? lol

    1. Jim:
      I agree about Picasso. And, yes, I liked the shirt, but oh those shorts! I think Dudo and Moose would tell you we’ve been too slow to catch on.

  5. Consider yourself very fortunate to be far away from the political frenzy that we here in the states just went through. Art and the ocean and good food (and cats) all are so much the opposite of stress.

    1. Frank:
      I keep looking at the news and can’t stop myself. I am so happy to be living here with no intention of ever moving back to The States, but the situation, no matter that it COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE, is horrendous. It’s a good life here and, so far, government leaders remain more enlightened than elsewhere… like across the border in Italy!

  6. OOPS! I made the mistake of watching that video AT WORK! Fortunately I don’t think anyone heard it. LOL

    I kinda dig that purple shirt.

    1. Steve:
      It didn’t dawn on me to say NSFW. Sorry about that! I like the purple shirt, too. Black shorts would have been great.

    1. Debra:
      I have conversations with our cats. Moose never shuts up, so it’s not always easy to know what he wants (although it IS sometimes obvious). Dudo is a cat of few words and always very specific in his vocalizations. We can hear him from another room and know exactly what he wants.

  7. Love the video. I also like the way Picasso deconstructed the bull. That outfit? Whoa. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.


    1. janiejunebug:
      Some impressionists also did series demonstrating the process from realism to impressionism. I enjoy seeing how their brains worked. That T-shirt had something going for it. The shorts did not. And the combination was so difficult to look at.

  8. Once I figured out what you were saying, that video killed me!
    I like that guy’s shirt. I wonder who made the rules about what to wear and what not to wear together. At least he’s covered. Oh, dear, my depression months seem to be eating my last brain cells!
    Picasso still does nothing for me. Since I can’t draw stick people, I can appreciate the talent, I just don’t like the results.
    I hope your day went well, Scoot. Mine is just starting and that feels weird 🙂

    1. Welcome back, Miss Deedles! I was getting a little worried about you… And Picasso does nothing for me either, plus I always mix him up with Salvador Dali, LOL!

      1. Tundra Bunny:
        Ha! Salvador Dali and Picasso are so different. That alone clearly explains how little of a fan you are. And, isn’t it great to see Deedles?!?

    2. Deedles:
      I liked the guy’s shirt, too. But oh those shorts and the combination. Do you suppose he even gave a thought about that? I’m so sorry about the depression months and wish I could make it stop. But it makes ME happy to see comments from you.

  9. The bull series is terrific, each one a work of genius! I especially like the first and the last. Our dogs get a treat after we have our dinner – a cheese ball with the nightly meds inside. Clove will sit down in front of Dennis and stare him down if he forgets. They tell time better than we do! Glad got an all clear on the colonoscopy.

  10. That video gave me my first belly laugh of the day! I had to listen a couple of times to your dulcet New York City accent because the lack of F-bombs kinda threw me…

    1. Tundra:
      Although I don’t have a NYC accent anymore, I’m told I still have an inflection and certain words. However, when I swear, it always seem to be in NewYorkese. I think I immediately channel my father.

  11. Wonderful news on the test.
    Love the Cat they are so funny.
    Not a Picasso fan but I do like the first and last drawing.

    1. Parsnip:
      I actually tried that on the cats the other morning (no video) and Dudo did a 8-foot-leap from the bed into the dining room. I have always loved Picasso and my admiration of his art has only grown since moving to Málaga.

    1. mcpersonalspace54:
      I’ve had pre-cancerous polyps and, partly due to Covid, I waited 7 years for this most recent test. One pre-cancerous polyp was very large. Three years is fine with me! That t-shirt could have been artful with a pair of black shorts. Those shorts could have been less offensive with a solid shirt, but I still wouldn’t wear them.

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